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The political economy of celebrity activism

Author: Nathan Farrell
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2017.
Series: Popular culture and world politics
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This edited collection brings together scholarly works of both a theoretical and empirical nature to critically analyse the forms and functions of the contemporary celebrity activist and to examine how these intersect with the political economic structures in which celebrity activists operate. Collectively, the volume illuminates some of the inherent tensions between the ethos of solidarity and compassion that the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Political economy of celebrity activism.
London : Routledge, 2017
(OCoLC)1064952127
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Farrell
ISBN: 9781315560519 1315560518 9781317198482 1317198484 9781317198475 1317198476 9781317198499 1317198492
OCLC Number: 1111577654
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents: <P>1: "Getting Busy with the Fizzy" --
Johansson, SodaStream and Oxfam: Exploring the Political Economics of Celebrity Activism </P><P><I>Nathan Farrell</P></I><P></P><P>2: Celebrities in Socially Engaged Campaigns: The Making of Solidarity Capital </P><P><I>Bruno Campanella</P></I><P></P><P>3: Funded by Philanthropy, Founded for Activism: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and their Organisations' Political Endeavours </P><P><I>Lukasz Swiatek</P></I><P></P><P>4: The Value-form of Persona: Celebrity Scandal, Activism, and Commodities </P><P><I>Hilary Wheaton and Samita Nandy</P></I><P></P><P>5: Authentic Activism: Challenges of an Environmental Celebrity </P><P><I>Susan Hopkins and Eric Louw</P></I><P></P><P>6: Promoting Peace and Coffee Pods: George Clooney, Nespresso Activist </P><P><I>Joshua Gulam</P></I><P></P><P>7: 'Bring Back Our Girls': Social Celebrity, Digital Activism and New Femininity </P><P><I>Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catia Gregoratti</P></I><P></P><P>8: Co-Opting the 'Losers': Bob Geldof and Neoliberal Activism after the Financial Crisis </P><P><I>Nathan Farrell</P></I><P></P><P>9: All Under the Same Sky? Celebrity Philanthropy and the Transnational Market for Women's Empowerment <I></I></P><P><I>J</I><I>ackie Raphael</P></I><P></P><P>10: Celebrity Activism and Revolution: The Problem of Truth and the Limits of Performativity </P><P><I>Panos Kompatsiaris</P></I><P></P>
Series Title: Popular culture and world politics
Responsibility: edited by Nathan Farrell.

Abstract:

This edited collection brings together scholarly works of both a theoretical and empirical nature to critically analyse the forms and functions of the contemporary celebrity activist and to examine how these intersect with the political economic structures in which celebrity activists operate. Collectively, the volume illuminates some of the inherent tensions between the ethos of solidarity and compassion that the celebrity activist works to generate on the one hand and the processes of corporate sponsorship and discourses of individualism upon which the celebrity often depends, on the other. By offering empirical case studies that situate instances of celebrity activism within specific political contexts, the collection highlights how celebrity activism intersects with some of the underlying structures of gender politics and political discourses such as neoliberalism. In addition, the volume discusses how the tensions between, for example, individualism and solidarity can raise important questions about the authenticity of individual celebrity activists and how individual celebrity activists work, with varying degrees of success, to obfuscate such tensions and obscure the potential contradictions of their work. This book will be of great interest to students and academics within the fields of politics, international development, political communication, social movements, activism studies, and celebrity culture.

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1: "Getting Busy with the Fizzy" -- Johansson, SodaStream and Oxfam: Exploring the Political Economics of Celebrity Activism

Nathan Farrell

2: Celebrities in Socially Engaged Campaigns: The Making of Solidarity Capital

Bruno Campanella

3: Funded by Philanthropy, Founded for Activism: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and their Organisations' Political Endeavours

Lukasz Swiatek

4: The Value-form of Persona: Celebrity Scandal, Activism, and Commodities

Hilary Wheaton and Samita Nandy

5: Authentic Activism: Challenges of an Environmental Celebrity

Susan Hopkins and Eric Louw

6: Promoting Peace and Coffee Pods: George Clooney, Nespresso Activist

Joshua Gulam

7: 'Bring Back Our Girls': Social Celebrity, Digital Activism and New Femininity

Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catia Gregoratti

8: Co-Opting the 'Losers': Bob Geldof and Neoliberal Activism after the Financial Crisis

Nathan Farrell

9: All Under the Same Sky? Celebrity Philanthropy and the Transnational Market for Women's Empowerment

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